KEY POINTS

  • Biden spent 30 seconds searching for his mask during the drive-in rally
  • The president went to Georgia to tout his next economic proposals
  • His rally was interrupted by protesters calling for the end of detention centers

President Joe Biden on Thursday night got himself “in trouble” while spending half a minute looking for his mask at an outdoor rally in Georgia. 

Wrapping up a drive-in rally in Duluth, Georgia, the president, who is fully vaccinated, was seen ruffling through his binder while looking for his mask. He was later joined by Sens. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga. and Job Ossoff, D-Ga. and first lady Jill Biden in his search for his face covering. 

"I'm looking for my mask. I'm in trouble," Biden announced. 

A few seconds later, the president pulled his face covering from his pocket and held it high in the air. 

Biden traveled on Thursday to Georgia, where he highlighted the accomplishments of his administration in its first 100 days. During the drive-in rally, he also touted his next economic proposals, which focus on infrastructure and a "caregiving economy."

"As much as we've done, we've got a lot more to do," Biden told attendees. "And that's why I've proposed the American Jobs Plan. It's a once-in-a-generation investment in America. It's the biggest jobs plan in this country since World War II."

Biden also credited Georgia’s newly elected Democratic senators for their role in the narrow passing of the American Rescue Plan, which he signed into law in March. 

"The American Rescue Plan would not have passed. So much have we gotten done, like getting checks to people, probably would not have happened, so, if you ever wonder if elections make a difference, just remember what you did here in Georgia, when you elected (Jon) Ossoff and (Raphael) Warnock. You began to change that environment," the president said. 

Biden’s speech was later interrupted by a crowd of protesters calling him to end private detention centers. 

"I agree with you. I'm working on it, man," Biden said. "Give me another five days."

"There should be no private prisons, period... none, period," the president pointed out. "That's what they're talking about, private detention centers. They should not exist and we are working to close all of them... I promise you."

Biden’s trip was part of the White House’s “Getting America Back on Track” tour, which aims to push his roughly $2 trillion infrastructure plan and $1.8 trillion package for children and families. 

US President Joe Biden has hailed his country's vaccine rollout US President Joe Biden has hailed his country's vaccine rollout Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski